Culture

Venetian wells, lifeblood of the city

Living on an island presents a number of challenges. The first priorities are food, shelter and a reliable source of drinking water. The earliest...

Passover in Italy: a beautiful blending of cultures

Jewish populations have called Italy home since Judas Maccabee sent a contingent to Rome in 161 B.C. Although their history is wrought with strife,...

The blossoming Easter in Sicily

The Easter celebrations of Sicily are as numerous as petals on daisy chains, with an endless procession of Holy Week festivities to choose from...

Madonelle, Madonnas of the Street

Crossroads and street corners have long been the haunt of peddlers, pickpockets and prostitutes. And as far back as ancient Roman times images of...

Preserving Papal hearts in Rome

The Catholic Church has a lengthy tradition of collecting relics from saints and clerics dating back almost to its beginnings. Bones, clothes or...

The passion of Italian markets

Many tourists rush through Italy, ticking off cities on an imaginary bucket list, zipping through museums and taking holiday snaps in front of iconic...

East meets West in Italy’s 2018 Capital of Culture

For some reason, I like to compare cities to beautiful female figures: Turin, which I know very well, is an elegant and haughty princess with a knack...

Celebrating New Year on March 1st

Before the unification of Italy, the peninsula was a patchwork of independent states, republics and occupied territories each one with their own...

Following an old melody: music at the times of Ancient Rome

As usual, Cicero is illuminating: “a life without music is like a body without its soul.” There’s an undeniable truth in his words the people of his...

Secret Italy: a voyage through the mysterious and the unknown of the peninsula

From North to South, from East to West, Italy is a beautiful chest filled with mysterious treasures. Bones of dragons and alchemic doors, secret...

The art of Italian aperitivo

“Salute!” — the clink-clink of glasses resounds like church bells throughout Italy as the late afternoon begins to dissolve towards evening. It’s...

The white gold of Italy: Massa-Carrara and its marble

We hear Tuscany and, of course, we think Florence, Siena, the leaning tower of Pisa, Lucca’s medieval walls. If idyllic settings and wine are your...

Secret Italy: a voyage through the mysterious and the unknown of the peninsula

The nature of mystery is manyfold and there is certainly more to it than supernatural events, haunted locations and unsolved murders. Mystery,...

The Caracalla Baths, a plunge into the Roman Empire

For centuries ancient Romans have built roads and bridges connecting all of their conquered territories, triumphal arches celebrating their victories...

Sweet success of licorice, Rossano’s ‘black gold’

Even in the time of the Ancient Greeks, Calabria’s s soil and climate had already proved ideal for growing long, thick and sweet licorice roots...

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